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For Le Figaro Magazine: Sooner Hitler Than People’s Insurrection

Translated Saturday 23 August 2014, by Gene Zbikowski

In its Aug. 23 issue, the weekly magazine puts Hitler on the front page while Paris celebrates her liberation.

In newspaper jargon, it’s called yellow journalism. Le Figaro magazine has just done a dirty trick in its Aug. 23 issue, amid the commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Paris.

The magazine’s front page does not show the armed Parisians who freed the French capital from the Nazi occupiers. No. The magazine preferred a full-page photo of Hitler posing in front of the Eiffel tower during his lightning visit in June 1940, following Pétain’s capitulation, with this headline: “Hitler and France – History of an Obsession.”

And in episode 7 of its summer series dedicated “to the great conquerors,” the magazine tells us the story of the dictator’s visit as a “tourist” to conquered Paris.

Women and men – often young people – died in the streets of Paris during the battle for liberation. On the walls of the capital, graven plaques with their names recall to us their struggle for freedom. Today, Paris pays them homage, without Le Figaro magazine.


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